adrift on a cosmic ocean

Writings on various topics (mostly technical) from Oliver Hookins and Angela Collins. We have lived in Berlin since 2009, have two kids, and have far too little time to really justify having a blog.

  • Micro book review: The Advantage
    Posted by Oliver on the 17th of May, 2020 in category Thoughts
    The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni is the latest book I've gotten through, and also a bit of a compilation of all of Patrick's previous works. Very early on when I first started managing teams, I read his other book, Five Dysfunctions of a Team which I still recommend and really enjoyed reading (a few times over). Really these books are aimed at leadership groups (think executives at a medium…
  • Micro book review: It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work
    Posted by Oliver on the 3rd of May, 2020 in category Thoughts
    It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is the latest ebook to cross my desk. I read their previous books ReWork and Remote recently after we moved to the working from home situation and got hooked on their writing style. In many ways, this one (I'm not going to repeat the full title again) feels like a rehashing of ReWork - although it was published…
  • Revisiting C++ for Image Deduplication
    Posted by Oliver on the 11th of April, 2020 in category Tech
    Hi everyone, and welcome back to my exceedingly sparse tales of technology adventures! Strap in for an excessively long introduction to this one, it's boring and tedious as hell. I'll skim over the introduction to the introduction, but like many of you, I've had a gradually growing collection of digital images. Starting in roughly 2001 when my family had a Kodak DC120 1MP Digital Camera (yes…
  • Micro book review: ReWork - Change the Way You Work Forever
    Posted by Oliver on the 10th of April, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. First off, I have to acknowledge the fact that these last few reviews have definitely not been "micro"-sized. They've made their way solidly up to "mini" and possibly even ... whatever comes after that. Regular? I think the intent was more to express how much effort I wanted to put in rather than the content…
  • Micro book review: Remote - Office not required
    Posted by Oliver on the 5th of April, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson It's probably no surprise to anybody that I just read this book, and I expect many other people have recently, or will soon, read it as well given the current global pandemic looming over us. Many people will have recently bought the book as the authors made it free (I think the tweet has now been deleted as I couldn't find it) but in any case…
  • Micro book review: Reinventing Organizations
    Posted by Oliver on the 2nd of April, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux . Wow, what a book. I've had this sitting on the bookshelf for a couple of years and finally got around to reading it in the last couple of months. When it comes to books around the theme of management, the most interesting books are the ones that completely challenge and change my existing ways of thinking, or the ones that fully resonate and amplify…
  • Micro book review: Who Moved My Cheese?
    Posted by Oliver on the 15th of March, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson is another book mentioned to me last year (I think by my manager). It sounds like a book I already knew about, but maybe that is because of the conventional and obvious sounding title. And the content is obvious, in many ways - it's an allegory for change management. As the tale goes, four mice with strange names are feasting on cheese and then the…
  • Micro book review: One Minute Mentoring
    Posted by Oliver on the 15th of March, 2020 in category Thoughts
    One Minute Mentoring by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz is one of the well-respected One Minute Manager series by Ken Blanchard. Ken Blanchard himself has started a series of companies that specialise in management training and techniques - such as Situational Leadership II. I still have it on my list to read the original One Minute Manager, and assumed it was just a "basics" guide to the…
  • Micro book review: Turn The Ship Around
    Posted by Oliver on the 15th of March, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Turn The Ship Around by L. David Marquet is something that had been on my radar (no pun intended) for some time, but was also recommended to me early last year by my then manager. The context was - how to delegate more in the journey in leadership to higher levels of management. I think at the time I was trying to come to grips with the team I had at the time, which was doing a lot of difficult…
  • Micro book review: Zero to One
    Posted by Oliver on the 5th of February, 2020 in category Thoughts
    Another book completed from the never-ending list: Zero to One by Peter Thiel . Not sure how this ended up on the list but I guess it's a seminal text when considering tech startups, which have featured pretty solidly in my career. I probably saw it on the shelf at one of the companies I worked, and thought it deserved a read. In any case, I expected something more about founding and running…
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